I wrote this article to help you remove Workno.ru. This Workno.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Workno.ru belongs to the family of browser hijackers. This particular one is Russian, to be exact, but it`s equally dangerous. All hijackers are. They are a plague and you should not let them stay on your PC even a second longer after you have noticed them. The more time Workno.ru spends in your system the more time it has to wreck it completely. The best thing to do is to delete the parasite as soon as possible and save yourself a lot of trouble.
Workno.ru`s official website looks quite legitimate at first glance and this was exactly what the crooks were going for. They are trying to mislead you into thinking the site is safe and use the search engine it offers. However, nothing about this page is safe. If you do use the Workno.ru`s search engine you get redirected. But you install the hijacker on your PC much, bigger problems will appear. The second the hijacker lands in your system, the mess making begins. It pretends to be just an innocuous search engine but it is trouble! First, it goes after your browsers. It adds a malicious extension to them, which works perfectly for all three most popular browsers – Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. Once infected your browser, no matter which one of the three you are using, in not reliable anymore because it has been modified. From now on, it will only generate Workno.ru’s sponsored web links presented as “accurate” search results. Also, you will get redirected to suspicious and shady looking pages all the time.
The purpose of these constant redirections is to boost web traffic to those unknown pages so the crooks could gain money. That’s what the malicious program has been created for. There is no reason for you to keep this pest. Nothing good will come from it. On the contrary, the situation will worsen as more time passes. Leaving the annoying redirects aside, Workno.ru has much more in store for you. Let`s begin with the reshuffles you will have to put up with. Completely unauthorized changes and modifications which the hijacker makes according to its preferences. Yours, on the other hand, are not a priority anymore. You will open your browser one day to find that your homepage and search engine have been replaced with the hijacker`s domain, which cannot be trusted. The only links and results it displays are malicious and you must stay away from them no matter what. You can infect your computer even more only with one wrong click. This is not a risk worth taking.
Moreover, the hijacker generates countless irritating ads and commercials, which are as dangerous as the links. In fact, everything the pest throws your way is. Not only that, but you are not the only one bothered by this. Your machine will also be affected. As a result, you will star experiencing lagging, system crashes and freezes, slow speed performance. Your Internet connection will worsen as well and become more unstable. And yet, all these issues pale in comparison with the biggest risk the hijacker poses. It exposes your privacy to danger by secretly monitoring and spying on you and every single online move of yours. It steals IPs, email addresses, accounts, usernames, passwords, browser-related data. Everything. You name it, it has it. But the worst part is that the hijacker shares all the gathered information with its crooks. All your valuable data could easily be sold to other people with questionable intentions. Think of what could happen in a situation like that. Don’t hesitate and don’t give the parasite enough time to go that far. Take measures and remove it. To do so, please follow the removal steps below in the exact order shown.
How did you get infected? There is no chance you didn’t ask yourself this question at some point. However, it is impossible to know which entering tactic the hijacker used as they are many. Spam email attachment, for example. Corrupted pages/link, illegitimate sites, malicious ads are also an option. Each one of these techniques could do but you are also responsible. You must have given permission to the hijacker otherwise, it couldn’t have gotten in. All the methods above are just ways to trick you into letting it in. Don’t open emails, which are from an unknown sender or look shady. Delete them right away. Take time to read Terms and Conditions and be careful what you agree with. Also, bundles programs hide a risk as well. Especially if you use illegitimate sources to download them. Unless you check the entire bundle program by program you can never know what else, besides the original program, you may end up with. Be more cautious and thorough and don’t make it even easier for a parasite to infect you than it already is.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Workno.ru from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.